What is Upper GI Series?

Updated at: Apr 14, 2014
What is Upper GI Series?

Upper GI series is a useful tool in helping diagnose if someone has problems in the upper GI tract or not. The upper GI tract includes the esophagus, stomach and duodenum.

Editorial Team
Other DiseasesWritten by: Editorial TeamPublished at: Jan 17, 2013

An upper GI series uses x rays to help diagnose problems of the upper GI tract, which includes the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum. The duodenum is the first part of the small intestine.


Image Source: NIH


An upper GI series can help detect

  • ulcers
  • abnormal growths
  • scars or strictures—narrowings of the GI tract
  • hiatal hernia
  • diverticula—bulges in the wall of the esophagus or intestine
  • esophageal varices—enlarged veins in the esophagus



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